Emotional Time For Athletes And Parents

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Editor:

As you can all imagine, it has been an extremely emotional time.

First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who offered up prayer, support, and words of encouragement. It has meant more to our girls than you can even imagine.

As you may or may not be aware, after a hearing that lasted more than an hour and a half, we were denied the injunction and restraining order at approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The order was denied due to Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 65. In a nutshell, Rule 65 provides that, "no restraining order shall issue except upon the giving of security for payment of cost and damages suffered by a party wrongfully restrained."

Although none of us are willing to put a price on rectifying the injustice inflicted upon our daughters, it could have been a financial burden to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Additionally, "granting relief would not maintain the status quo," meaning the injustice dealt to the PHS Lady Longhorns on Monday afternoon would have continued to plague other innocent girls high school basketball teams, their parents, their schools and their communities. For this reason, we absolutely believe the judge's decision at this late hour is exactly what it should have been.

That said, Honorable Peter J. Cahill, presiding judge of the Gila County Superior Court, said, "It is crystal clear to me that if the paperwork had just been submitted Monday morning, Feb. 12, the eligibility would have been approved. If I were on the AIA executive committee, it is obvious to me that it was the school's fault, and I would have voted differently."

We have been asked if we are planning an appeal. At the advice of our attorney, John T. Franklin, we have collectively decided to leave the action open.

As this progresses, we will keep you updated. We hope and pray that your student athlete will never have their hopes and dreams of playing in a state tournament stolen from them after earning it fair and square.

Parents of the 2006-07 PHS Lady Longhorn basketball team

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